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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, November 19, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Why were the disciples instructed to depend on others while they went from town to town preaching the Good News? Their purpose was to blanket Judea with Jesus’ message, and by traveling lightly they could move quickly. Their dependence on others had other good effects as well: (1) It clearly showed that the Messiah had not come to offer wealth to his followers; (2) it forced the disciples to rely on God’s power and not on their own provision; (3) it involved the villagers and made them more eager to hear the message. This was an excellent approach for the disciples’ short-term mission; it was not intended, however, to be a permanent way of life for them. (NLT)
Rely on His power rather than you own.
Luke 9:1-6 – One day Jesus called together his twelve apostles and gave them power and authority to cast out demons and to heal all diseases. Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the coming of the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. “Don’t even take along a walking stick,” he instructed them, “nor a traveler’s bag, nor food, nor money. Not even an extra coat. When you enter each village, be a guest in only one home. If the people of the village won’t receive your message when you enter it, shake off its dust from your feet as you leave. It is a sign that you have abandoned that village to its fate.”
So they began their circuit of the villages, preaching the Good News and healing the sick.
Put on the full armor of God. –Ephesians 6:11 (NIV)
Robert Boyce (Tennessee) titled his story “UNSEEN GIFTS;” here is a portion of Robert’s story:
“A few years ago, my wife and I traveled to Kenya to serve for two weeks at Kijabe Hospital. As I packed for the trip, I had to closely evaluate each item since our luggage had to hold personal items as well as medical supplies for the hospital. I hesitated to include my study Bible, a graduation gift from my parents. Maybe I could get by with an E-version instead, I thought. But then I realized that my two-pound Bible was more important than all the other items. Its worn cover and marked-up pages remind me that for the last 20 years I have carried it many places as my source of strength and wisdom. Although my mother passed away a few years ago, the impact of her gift has extended far beyond that graduation day . . . to reach the other side of the world – to the benefit of others whom she would never know.
“In today’s reading, Jesus instructed the disciples to take no belongings at all with them. Some things we carry are just baggage, but the Bible, God’s word with us, is vital and non-negotiable.
“Gifts from others have been equipping me all my life. . . . Simply by taking God’s word with us each day and giving generously to others, we can help these unseen gifts grow beyond our imagination.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What gifts have others given me for my spiritual journey?
Prayer: Dear God, in our daily journeys remind us to take the gift of scripture so that we may offer it to others. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/